Prevention of dog food allergies

 

Infectious canine skin sores, including hot spots, crusty scabs, yeast infections & red raised bumps on your dog - They can be caused by yeast, bacteria and staph infections..

Dog Skin Sores can be small blisters to red spots that crust over and ooze a slightly yellow fluid. 

 

 

They spread rapidly and are very hard to eradicate.  I have found only medication and skin therapy works.

Sores or "hot spots" can sometimes be bacterial infections such as staph. 

Treating and dealing with dog sores on skin and infections can be frustrating.

Sores on dogs:

Many times the cause of dog sores is an allergic reaction to contact with toxins but in their particular case they are bacterial infections, which only treatment will eradicate. 

Infectious Staph Infections causes spots that become crusty and runnyThese sores look like the photo to the left.  This is the beginning of a staph infection.

You can see that they are small red and very numerous sores on the belly and on the underside of the tail.  In about 24 hours a scab forms and seals the infection. 

 

You have to get under that scab and treat the sore with antibiotics or a topical cream for infections that should be placed on the sore after the scab has been removed.  

 

Usually your vet will give you antibiotics and that usually works.  Sometimes it does no good.  Be sure to ask your vet before you do this because you want to be safe rather than sorry.  Also ask for a skin scraping to determine what is causing the sores. 

One other test is needed and that is a test to see which antibiotic will be most effective in treating this condition.  Many will not work on your dog for a variety of reasons, so it is in the best interest to pin point which med will work, instead of trying every antibiotic and having them fail.  It costs you money and the vet is taking it.

I hear so many dog owners say that their pet  has dog sores all over their body and it is very hard to control and heal. 

They say that they begin looking like a red spot, which then becomes larger with a scab that forms on the sore.  These dog sores will not go away in time.  They just get worse.

Underneath the sore is puss and an extremely infectious serum that can produce numerous infections taking over the body in just  a few hours.

I have to relate to you what happened to my dog when I was trying to heal her sores that were on her body.

Just before bedtime I washed my dog and she had about 15 infectious spots on her belly.  The vet told me to shave the area so that it would stay dry.  So I took my clippers and shaved the area as he had told me to do.

My mistake was not giving her another bath in medicated shampoo after the clipping.  Once the skin has been shaved the sores becomes open to infection.  Bacteria gets into the shaved skin and just makes it multiply with sores all over the body.  I counted the spots and gave up after 100.  It was overwhelming to have to medicate each one of these sores on her skin..

The next morning her entire torso was covered in hundreds of spots.  I had started out with 15 and now there were hundreds.  I immediately gave her a bath and smeared Panalog cream over her entire stomach area from the chest all the way to her tail.

I was amazed how fast the cream worked and so were glad that it did.

Ther infection is so viral.  It can  spread like wild fire.

These infections should be treated by your vet because he will probably prescribe an antibiotic, either orally or topically

Dog infections often develop in moist warm areas.  Under matted hair is a perfect place for bacteria to find a home and multiply.

The areas that seems to attract the bacteria is the tail area, under the legs where they meet the body, the belly and stomach area, the genitals and around the mouth.

What all these have in common is that they are moist areas which encourages the bacteria to thrive.  Keep these areas dry and the bacteria does not have a perfect place to grow.

These sores make your canine miserable.  They itch and hurt.  Putting a veterinary antibiotic cream on each sore helps soothe them and they will feel better.

Staph Infections are sometimes very hard to eradicate.

Sometimes dogs lick the sores which keep them moist, which is what you don't want, and then it spreads the sores to other parts of the body.  With my terriers they have very long and dense coats.  When the allergies are their worse, in Spring, I usually shave down my dogs so that I can see where the problem is on and take care of it.  Sometimes, not all the time, but at times there will be some dogs that nothing will help except baths and antibiotics that only work for a little while on.

I do not like to use Elizabethan collars but at times it will be your only choice.

There are some dogs that develop an resistance to all antibiotics.  The vet will usually prescribe Cyclosporine or Prednisone along with an antibiotic.  These two very powerful drugs can help your dog but can also cause liver damage so be sure to talk to your vet about the side effects of Cyclosporine on your dog.

Dog Paw Sores

Another dog sores are really yeast infections which you can read more about here.  Yeast can over take your dog's skin, leading to more and more outbreaks of sores.  Your vet can give you meds for the yeast but the main thing is to keep your dog's skin in the correct ph so that the yeast can't live in that environment.  Dogs with yeast allergies show signs of reddish fur on their paws and chin.

Read more about sores and staph infections, continued here.

Most of our family pets are just that, family. We  wouldn't feed unhealthy meals to one of our family. So why do we buy into this multi-million dollar industry  that produces extruded, rancid  grease encrusted meat byproducts for our best friends.

Use homemade recipes to make hypoallergenic Dog Food for your pet.

Caring for a pet that has food allergy.

If your dog has allergies then of course you must decide whether you want to make your own dog food meals or search for the right food for your pet. 

Remember your dog will have different needs as he grows older and a dog that has never had pet food allergies may suddenly become allergic to something..

Most allergies are caused by grains and the additives found in canned or dry chow.

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Allergies from food was the first diagnosis for my dog, Spooky boy and it was after a very serious procedure called scoping. 

That's when we  found out my boy had a stomach disease that could not be treated, not  even surgery - we tried many recipes and supplements but for most of his life he was never fully fed and was always thin.

Treatment and  causes of allergies from dog food in todays canine -  If you have a pet  that's unwell please take him or her to the vet for a checkup. But if  your vet  tells you that your canine has skin or an allergy, read on.

Terriers seem to  be the most allergic dogs on the planet and I will show you the problems and the solutions that vets have encouraged.

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Making dog food at home;  An Overview

Making my allergies recipes is not that difficult! 

Many times this  collection has been suggested by a veterinarian to give to a pet who is  unwell. Pay attention to your pets health: his weight, activity level,  skin and coat quality.

Does he seem bored or lethargic?  Does he bring you his favorite toy?  All are signs he is just not as energetic as he should be.  Making your pets meal might be  helpful.

If these are not  maintaining or improving, consult your veterinarian.  Essentially your  pet should be eating what he would  be getting in nature.  The list  below gives you an idea of the specific foods needed for good health and no allergies.

When you start making his dinner, remember this list of items because they are important.

The importance of variety:

Cannot be over  stressed. (This applies to any and all diets and recipes!) Do not get in the habit of feeding just one recipe..  How would you like to eat  Hamburgers for the rest of your life?  Pretty boring, eh?

Making a large batch

Mix protein,  starch source (if applicable), oil, vegetables, and bone meal together.  Freeze in serving-sized portions. The other supplements should be added  fresh at each serving.

Vegetables

My dog loves his dog food when I add cooked carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and potato.

The vitamin-mineral supplement:

You can use a  specially made pet vitamin supplement, such as Pet Tabs. There are many  good animal supplements available today that can be found at your local  feed store or health food store.  Ask your Vet about what he/she  recommends.

Bone meal must be in an edible form. Get it from the health store.

Bone meal is a  must.  They love to munch on legs  and ribs!  Have you ever seen a  happier sight than your canine with his bone?  If your dog cannot eat  these from the butcher give them a good human grade quality bone meal.  I get mine from the health food store.  Measure according to weight.  Do  not use the type intended for gardening or plants.
Probiotics include acidophilus and other "good" bacteria.

They help maintain your companion animal's normal bacterial population and prevent  colonization by disease-causing bacteria. Digestive enzymes are  important to keep the pancreas from being overworked and to aid  digestion so your dog gets the greatest benefit from the chow he/she  eats.

Meat may be fed cooked or raw.

While many  holistic veterinarians recommend feeding raw instead of making and  cooking it, there are potential risks to your pet's health from  bacterially contaminated protein.  So it must be cooked to well done to  counteract the effects of any bacteria in the protein.

Please discuss  this issue with your veterinarian before feeding raw . If feeding raw,  it is recommended that it should be frozen for 72 hours at -4 degrees F  prior to use.

Most proteins can  be refrozen one time safely, so once you mix the meal, it can be put  back in the freezer until thawed for feeding. Always follow standard  safe handling procedures.

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Important!

With any food change, go slowly.  A canines tastes and digestive system need time to accommodate new ingredients.

Too rapid a change may result in diarrhea, vomiting, refusal to eat, or other problems.

This is especially important with older animals and sick animals.

Start by adding 2  tablespoons of the new meal to your dogs food.  Slowly increasing by a  tablespoon each day.  If you have a giant breed, start by using 1/4 cup  of the new meal.  Increasing gradually.

I have seen  that changing store bought dog food always causes diarrhea, but when I  feed my dogs home cooked meals, i.e. chicken breast and Chicken, there are no problems.

Allergies are common throughout the United States.  Don't give your dog pet food that will shorten his life.

West Highland White Terriers are known for having allergy problems.

When I bought my  puppy home, I thought I had bought the perfect puppy. Then on the third  day he got sick. It's been 13 years of Vet visits and $$$.

With vomiting  blood, diarrhea and blood in his stools I visited  different vets every  few months. Could this be dog food causing my Westie to vomit his  food?

After $1200.00 dollars in examination, x-rays and drugs, they all told me that it was probably a  dog food allergy because they couldn't find anything wrong in the blood work or examination.

They sent me home  with a special diet of Duck and potatoes, Venison and potatoes and  finally Salmon and  potatoes.   Nothing worked so they switched me to a  hypoallergenic dog  food at an exorbitant price.  Still my dog would  loose his appetite, refuse to eat and vomit bile.

I was at my wits  end  so I finally went to see a vet in San Mateo who told me he had  Colitis along with food allergies. We kept him on the anti-allergy  formula but  added bran to his diet. He improved and started eating  more, gained  weight and looked happier.

Westies with pet food allergies like these are  all too common. We hope we can give you some  hints on how to keep your Westie or any other dog with food allergies in tip top form.

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